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In the Pacific Northwest, Master Isidro Archibeque is a figure larger than life. He has been actively teaching in Western Washington for as long as anyone can
remember, and today, though in his 60’s, he remains a figure larger than life. “Archie”, as he prefers to be called is best know for his mastery of the Iron Hand.
His feats have included driving nails through boards, breaking countless bricks, carrying a refrigerator up three flights of steps, penetrating sealed plastic soda
bottles with his fingers, breaking rocks, bricks, boulders,...you get the picture! Once, to commemorate one of my promotions, he brought a 12”x12” piece of
plywood, 1” inch thick (that’s 9 layers of veneer!). It took two hits for him to do the break. I have never seen anyone else even attempt this.
If that were not enough, “Archie” is equally well known for his mastery of pressure points, joint locks, and fighting strategy. His art is a philosophy, requiring that
each student return to nature, and develop a personal understanding and awareness of his or her integral package of instincts. His teaching is modeled on the
psychology, behavior, and movement of animals...a return to the original inspirations for Martial Arts, as he would say. The name he has given to this philosophy is Gun-Fu, Animal Fighting Styles.
“Archie’s” greatest fame came as a teacher to “teachers.” Starting in the late 1970’s, ranking Black Belts, and senior students from other styles began to seek “Archie”
out, many choosing to stay and undergo an apprenticeship with this force of nature. Some of those persons are now recognized masters in their own styles, and
freely acknowledge their debt to Master Archibeque. Whether you’ve heard of him, and want to learn more, or if you’re simply curious and would like to take a
peek at the pinnacle, relax for a moment and browse through these articles.